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Old 10-18-2011, 11:26 PM   #1
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So I have completely gutted my basement. It was very out dated with wood paneling, floor to ceiling surrounding the entire room. It was carpeted, and also has a built in bar area. I have ripped up all the carpet, tore down all the paneling, and currently taking out the bar. It's just not serving any purpose except for taking up space. The basement is going to be sons room. He doesn't have any need for a bar or wood paneling! After I took out all the paneling, I found 2x4's nailed directly to the blocks, exterior walls. Not sure that is such a good thing. I have never had a basement so this is all new to me. I am thinking about replacing the paneling with more paneling that is plain white that can be painted and replaced easily if needed. I am going to bleach down the exterior walls and scrub them down to get rid of the old drylock that was put on years ago. I want to seal the walls again but not sure what to use. I have not heard anything positive about using drylock. And from what I'm seeing, there is nothing positive about it. Also, should I put something between the brick and new paneling? Or just nail it to the existing flanks and leave a gap in between?

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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Are these 2x4's pressure treated? Can you tell? There should be some marks on them that indicate if they are. Untreated wood should not be in direct contact with concrete.

Moisture is always a problem in a basement.

Are you planning to insulate these walls?

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Did you remove existing walls so that the foundation walls are exposed? And Do you plan on Insulating ?
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I did remove the existing walls. The walls before were 1970 wood paneling. Nothing behind them. Since i posted last, i have removed all of the paneling, scrapped the exterior walls down from all the loose, chipped drylock that was on there, sealed cracks, and patched damaged concrete. I am usung quickrete to waterproof and then hanging a vapor barrier today. Drywall (greenboard) starts tomorrow.
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The existing boards that are there do not appear to be treated in any type of way. There were a couple that were moldy. I removed and replaced those. I am hanging a vapor barrior but not insulation.
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The existing boards that are there do not appear to be treated in any type of way. There were a couple that were moldy. I removed and replaced those. I am hanging a vapor barrior but not insulation.
Strongly recommend you put up insulation,ROXUL is excellent moisture resistant insulation,as well as being virtually fireproof.
I would use a mold resistant sheetrock on top of that,do not hang paneling directly to the studs,it is a firecode violation.
Wood with just plastic,then more wood is a virtual firetrap.
Good luck with your project.

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